• History,  Illinois,  Kids,  St. Louis

    French Colonial History Comes Alive at Illinois’s Fort de Chartres

    Rising from the farm fields in southern Illinois is an impressive stone fortress celebrating 300 years of history. Long before the United States was established, the French ruled over southern Illinois. The proximity to the Mississippi River, the hunt for precious metals, and the rich farm ground established this area as of strategic importance. Fort de Chartres is one of the best historic sites in the state and recreates this era of Illinois’s history under…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  St. Louis

    Fults Hill Prairie Preserve – Steep Hiking with Panoramic Views

    Bluff Road in southwestern Illinois is one of the most scenic drives in the area. Rugged bluffs rise high above the road on one side with farmland stretching toward the Mississippi River on the other. If you have ever wondered what the view is like from atop those rocky bluffs, check out the Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve. Located off Bluff Road near the tiny town of Fults, the hiking trail at this preserve will…

  • Gear,  Hiking,  Kids,  Shop

    Great Gifts for Outdoor Adventure Families

    Finding the perfect gift can be an annual struggle, especially as many families try to focus on experiences over things. Here is a round up of both fun and functional gifts sure to please any adventure orientated family member. As a bonus, many of the items come from small shops running some great holiday sales and deals. *This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclaimer policy here. Apparel Gifts Given the choice between the…

  • Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Missouri Botanical Gardens Garden Glow Event

    The Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis is a beautiful place to visit year-round. During the holiday season, the grounds are transformed into a winder wonderland filled with over a million lights on display. The pathway runs approximately one-mile long and starts at the Visitor’s Center. Once you enter into the garden, you are immediately greeted with the Sparkling Spoehrer Plaza and lights in the shape of a tall tree. Just past the plaza is…

  • Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    The Best Christmas Light Displays around St. Louis

    One our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around and look at the colorful light displays. Some of these trips are through elaborate set ups in various parks with millions of lights. Other displays are put up by festive homeowners who go all out to celebrate the season. No matter which side of the river you are on, here is a list of some great spots to check out this year. Lights in Illinois…